365 – Magnolia (1999)

spacetime coordinates: 1999 San Fernando Valley

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Magnolia is a 1999 American ensemble drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  The film is a mosaic of interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Themes

The film has an underlying theme of unexplained events, taken from the 1920s and 1930s works of Charles Fort. Fortean author Loren Coleman‘s 2001 book “Mysterious America: The Revised Edition” includes a chapter entitled “The Teleporting Animals and Magnolia“, addressing the film. The chapter discusses how one of Fort’s books is visible on the table in the library and the film’s end credit thanking Charles Fort.

Further information: Raining animals

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364 – Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

spacetime coordinates: 2000’s Tokyotokyo-godfathers-satoshi-konTokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu) is a 2003 Japanese anime comedy-drama film directed by Satoshi Kon loosely based on Peter B. Kyne‘s novel Three Godfathers.tokyo-godfathers posterOn Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

Themes

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388473/

355 – Pupendo (2003)

spacetime coordinates:  Czechoslovakia during the 1980spupendo posterPupendo is a 2003 Czech comedy / drama film directed by Jan Hřebejk. A bittersweet comedy set just prior to 1984, during the era of ‘practical socialism’. For political reasons, Bedrich Mára (Bolek Polívka) has had to give up teaching at Prague’s Academy of Art. He is not allowed to exhibit and has been pushed to the sidelines of interest and lucrative commissions. He and his ceramicist wife (Eva Holubová) and two sons live in a small apartment on the outskirts of Prague.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0357058/

341 – Coherence (2013)

coherence-59c668cfcc38eCoherence is an American science fiction thriller film directed by James Ward Byrkit in his directorial debut.coherence2Byrkit came up with the idea for Coherence after deciding that he wanted to test the idea of shooting a film “without a crew and without a script”. He chose to shoot in his own home and developed the film’s science fiction aspect out of necessity, as he wanted to “make a living room feel bigger than just a living room”. While Byrkit did have a specific idea for how the film would unfold, he selected improvisational actors and gave them the basic outline of their characters, motivations, and major plot points. coherenceByrkit told an interviewer, “For about a year, all I did was make charts and maps and drew diagrams of houses, arrows pointing where everyone was going, trying to keep track of different iterations. Months and months of tracking fractured realities, looking up what actual scientists believe about the nature of reality — Schrödinger’s cat and all that. It was research, but despite all the graphs and charts, I think our whole idea was that it has to be character-based. We want the logic of our internal rules to be sound, and we wanted it to be something people could watch 12 times and still discover a new layer.” (read more)Coherence-Alt-Poster-1http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2866360/

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get some kind of focus in his life as he deals with his girlfriend, his mother and stepfather.  At the same time, he has to cope with an apocalyptic zombie uprisingShaun of the Dead Poster Shaun - Simon PeggShaun of the Dead Poster Ed - Nick Frost

The film is the first in Wright and Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, followed by 2007’s Hot Fuzz and 2013’s The World’s End.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365748/

175 – Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

spacetime coordinates: 2012  southern Louisiana bayou community called the “Bathtub” (a community cut off from the rest of the world by a levee)

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American drama film co-written, co-scored and directed by Benh Zeitlin. It was adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar’s one-act play Juicy and Delicious. 

…Meanwhile, in the Arctic, the frozen Aurochs in an ice shelf start drifting into the ocean…

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The fictional island of the film, “Isle de Charles Doucet” known to its residents as the Bathtub, was inspired by several isolated and independent fishing communities threatened by erosion, hurricanes and rising sea levels in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish, most notably the rapidly eroding Isle de Jean Charles. It was filmed in Terrebonne Parish town Montegut.

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